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Examples of disingenuous in a Sentence
- "It's had nine murders since 1937—about the same as you would get in many small towns." This was correct, but a wee disingenuous. The AT [Appalachian Trail] had no murders in its first thirty-six years and nine in the past twenty-two. —Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods, 1999
- … and he egged Badger on, asking a disingenuous question about the antivivisection rally in Cleveland, and as Badger took the thought up and chewed it over, the Doctor made as if to excuse himself. —T. Coraghessan Boyle, The Road to Wellville, 1993
- … he has a disingenuous way of resorting to slang when he wants to make a big point but is afraid of sounding pretentious. —Karen Schoemer, New York Times Book Review, 31 Oct. 1993
- Unity is at best an ideal, at worst a disingenuous political slogan. —Salman Rushdie, The Independent on Sunday, 25 Nov. 1990
Her recent expressions of concern are self-serving and disingenuous.
Recent Examples of disingenuous from the Web
Clinton supporters touting the fact that the agreement between the Clinton campaign and the DNC was reported in 2015 have been dedicating themselves to the most disingenuous, superficial reading of it as possible.
Shortly thereafter, at the August 1948 meeting of the All-Union Lenin Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Lysenko presented a talk that is widely regarded as the most disingenuous and dangerous speech in the history of Soviet science.
The league’s disingenuous Thank You for Smoking-type propaganda campaign to cover up the concussion issue.
But Trump's own White House has revealed those broad claims of absolution to be disingenuous at best.
In a searing statement last week, the organization roundly rebuked PMI and accused it of being disingenuous about consumer health, citing decades of research meddling and deceptive marketing.
Mnuchin’s being a little disingenuous to suggest that keeping Jackson on the 20 is about sticking with the status quo.
Opposition from Democrats now is also disingenuous given their silence as Mr. Obama pursued his losing strategy.
Indeed, the reason Stephens offers is laughably disingenuous.
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disingenuous Has a Roman History
Ingenous has its roots in the slave-holding society of ancient Rome. Its ancestor ingenuus is a Latin adjective meaning "native" or "freeborn" (itself from gignere, meaning "to beget"). Ingenuus begot the English adjective ingenuous. That adjective originally meant "freeborn" (as in "ingenuous Roman subjects") or "noble and honorable," but it eventually came to mean "showing childlike innocence" or "lacking guile." In the mid-17th century, English speakers combined the negative prefix dis- with ingenuous to create disingenuous, meaning "guileful" or "deceitful."
First Known Use of disingenuous
DISINGENUOUS Defined for English Language Learners
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